Detox is a term that has been blasted from the rooftops over the past few years. There have been so many different types of detox over the years. Some can refer to a detox as a cleanse and use it as a form of weight loss but there is just one effect of a detox. There are many more health and mental benefits to even the smallest of detox programmes.
Before getting into the benefits and ways of a detox – what even is a detox? A detox is a diet plan that requires you to follow a particular diet over a certain period of time in order to cleanse the body. It may also include herbal supplements or other methods, such as colonic irrigation, all of which aim to remove environmental and dietary toxins from the body. There are various extremes of detox diets from juice-only type regimens to those that simply stipulate consuming unprocessed foods only particularly organic foods and foods high in fibre and water, while eliminating all sugars, salt, caffeine and alcohol.
Often we don’t realise just how many toxins we are carrying around in our bodies on a daily basis. These toxins are agents that can potentially harm the body. External toxins are things such as pollution from cars, cigarette smoke, factories and foods. But there are also internal toxins that are viral or bacterial and can be infections. So a periodic cleansing is needed to flush toxins from the body that if left to accumulate will lead to health problems such as headaches, sluggishness and chronic diseases.
There are so many health and mental benefits to a detox. Those who normally eat an unhealthy diet will naturally feel better when they start eating properly. Detox can do more than make your eyes sparkle and your skin glow – it can boost energy levels, improve digestion and as a bonus help shift a few unwanted kilos too.
While it may look like a fad diet – no grains, no alcohol, no milk, no sugar (and no fun) – a detox is far from a quick fix for weight loss. The purpose of any detox plan is to take the load off the organs that detoxify the body – the liver, kidneys and bowel – while at the same time supporting and improving their performance
When you feel you are ready for a detox make sure you check your diary and mark a week where you have a clean break from functions or events that might derail your detox, such as birthdays or special occasion meals. Be warned, some people may experience a 'cleansing' reaction in the first few days of detox, including headaches or loose bowel movements. This is due to the sudden withdrawal of certain foods, in addition to stimulation of detoxifying organs. These symptoms should subside in 24 to 48 hours.
Rules to follow for a good detox:
Note: Don't detox if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, elderly, have high blood pressure, are underweight or against your health practitioner's recommendation.
Just a few handy tips if you do want to detox – please let me know how you go. How did you feel after? Any other advise please ask in the comments I will be happy to assist.
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